The warning came from George Dunn, Chief of the Tenant Farmers Association, who told Express.co.uk last month the Government should introduce a system to support British producers in danger of losing out on profit post-Brexit. He said: “If you consider the price of the product that our farmers receive, it doesn’t often deliver them with the sufficient return on their investment, their labour and their time.
“So in the system somewhere, the farming community needs to get a fair return for the product that they are producing.
“Bearing in mind they are producing great products that are welfare-friendly, that are environmentally friendly, that are heading towards net zero in terms of carbon.
“So we should be supporting our domestic producers given the great work that they are doing.
“But if the price that they receive is still low then what we need to see is an adequate level of support.”
Mr Dunn’s plea was met today by Chancellor Sajid Javid who announced farmers can enter the new year with confidence that they will be able to “thrive” after Brexit, after he confirmed just under £3 billion of funding for 2020.
The cash – to be spread over two years – will be used to support farmers when the UK leaves the European Union and the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) direct payments scheme next year.
It will allow funding for direct payments for 2020 to continue at the same level as this year and supplement the remaining EU funding that farmers will receive for development projects until 2023.
Mr Javid said: “When we leave the EU and are freed from the Common Agricultural Policy, we will be able to support our vital rural communities – who are a cornerstone of life in the UK – with a fairer and less bureaucratic system.
“Farmers can enter the new year with confidence that they have our backing and will be able to thrive after Brexit.”
Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers added: “Outside the EU we will have a simpler, fairer funding system – one that rewards farmers for enhancing our environment and safeguarding our high animal welfare standards.
“We are committed to making sure our rural communities feel the benefits of Brexit and will ensure our farmers get a better deal.”
NFU Scotland’s President Andrew McCornick said: “With us set to leave the European Union and the Common Agricultural Policy on January 31, 2020, it is essential that the farming industry knows where it stands with regards direct payments.
“Farm businesses are dependent upon these payments and until we see a fairer redistribution of the share of the profit in the supply chain, direct payments will remain important for all farmers and crafters.
“Government commitment to continue to fund direct payments when we leave the EU is welcome.
“When we meet ministers and MPs in the new year, we will press for a long-term funding commitment for farming and measures that will help farmers secure a fairer share of returns from the supply chain.”
The warning came from George Dunn, Chief of the Tenant Farmers Association, who told Express.co.uk last month the Government should introduce a system to support British producers in danger of losing out on profit post- Brexit.